On Libya, the Foreign Secretary keeps his resolve but political patience wears thin as the UK and France continue the squeeze. London and Paris need to clarify a joint strategy for the Libyan endgame. France and Britain are fighting one war with two political strategies. The UK politics are drifting around ‘how-can-we-end-this’ hand-wringing around whether or not Gaddafi can be left in Libya and grumblings that everyone knew this would be a long haul apart from Dave. Yesterday’s William Hague interview reveals three reasons for continuing in Libya: it’s working, we will not withdraw and we have saved thousands of lives.
We are currently at a precipice in the strategy for Libya and if the government continues its unease then it will soon allow the media to take control of the policy. It is time for the leaders of Britain and France to come together and agree on a strong strategy moving forward to bring a swift and positive end to this conflict.
What the politicians say...
William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary -
"It's not a computer game where you are bored with it and you put it to one side. This is something you follow through in the real world."
"[I] ask them to remember that in a conflict things do not go in an even manner, there are things that happen that disturb us, there are things that happen of course, that are unexpected, but we have to pursue this and go through to success."
"What we have done so far has been a success in achieving the objectives of saving civilian life. Now we want to see a political settlement and that involves the departure of Col Gaddafi. So that is something we continue to work on and we'll continue to implement the UN resolution for as long as it is necessary to do so."
What the papers say...
Hague refuses to put timeline on operations in Libya. William Hague played down hopes of an early end to the Libyan conflict yesterday as he warned that the military campaign was not a computer game that could be switched off. More than four months after Britain... The Independent
...but the Foreign Affairs Select Committee urge negotiation:Libya war 2011: Talk to Gaddafi to end stalemate, says Richard Ottaway. The conflict in Libya has reached a 'stalemate' and Britain will have to open talks with Colonel Gaddafi's regime, a senior Conservative MP has warned. Richard Ottaway, chairman of the ' powerful Foreign Affairs... Mail Online